Energy Food and Drink

You're going to need adequate fuel and hydration for your running and trail adventures. Here you can find the best-rated energy gels, chews, and bars, plus electrolyte, hydration, and recovery drinks in enough flavors and forms to please any palette (just be sure to give any a trial run before that big race).

Want more food for longer outdoor adventures? Check out our full independent reviews and ratings of trail and backcountry food and drink, including meals, desserts, coffee, and more.

Category

Gels and Chews
Bars
Drinks

Brand

Clif
Skratch Labs
Nuun
Honey Stinger
Hammer Nutrition
Kind
ProBar
Backpacker's Pantry
Tanka
GU

User

Unisex
Kids'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Food and Drink Reviews

Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These new bars from Skratch are a nice change from the overly sugary bars we usually encounter. Most endurance athletes are familiar with Skratch Labs. Their energy and electrolyte drink mixes are the stuff of legend. The founder of the company, Alan Lim, was a nutritionist for several professional cycling teams (BMC, Radio Shack, Garmin), and developed his "secret drink mix" after fielding complaints from cyclists about the electrolyte drinks that they were forced to drink. Along with Chef Biju… Full review

Larabar Apple Pie

rated 5 of 5 stars Larabar makes an outstanding trail bar that comes in a variety of flavors that all taste great, and have a very high calorie per ounce. Sometimes it seems like I live under a rock, but the other day my daughter shared a trail bar with me that I had never really heard of before from a brand called Larabar.  I thought the trail bar tasted outstanding as it had a consistency like a dense Fig Newton (another food I really enjoy), which I also really liked. Now that I have had a Larabar I notice them… Full review

Run Gum Energy Gum

rated 4 of 5 stars A quick and easy way to get an energy boost. Lightweight and easy to consume. I don't usually consume caffeine other than a morning cup of green tea as I am pretty caffeine sensitive. So I was a little hesitant to test Run Gum Energy chews. Providing 50 mg of caffeine, 20 mg of Taurine, and vitamins B6 and B12, one Run Gum chew is fairly equal to a can of Red Bull. This made me a little wary of how my body might react but I figured I would give it a try during my three-days-a-week mountain bike… Full review

Huma Chia Energy Gel

rated 5 of 5 stars Awesome nutritional, energy, and hydration supplements. I mainly mountain bike due to crushed nerves in my leg. However, I do receive an occasional injection to sedate the nerve. It only last a few days for me. That said, I have tried all the other energy products that were available. My bike shop owner knows I’m diabetic and how other gels, chews, waffles etc either tear up my stomachs (at the worst possible timing) or shoot my sugar out the roof. He said he found this new product at sea otter… Full review

Dharma Bars Endurance Bars

rated 3 of 5 stars These bars are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. Great for the meat-free, vegan outdoors person. As outdoor enthusiasts, we all consume a lot of bars. Dharma bars fill the bill for those people looking for a bar that is organic, vegan, gluten-free, or kosher. These 42 gram (1.48 oz) bars are available in three flavors that each have a different variety of ingredients to provide nutrition for different purposes. While I don't feel confident enough to explore Dharma Bars' claims for each bar,… Full review

Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are good bars, one of my favorite flavors. Chunky and satisfying. Great for trail running. I wish they had more protein. I've tried all of the Clif flavors, and these are among my top three fav's. It's easy to enjoy while trail running or hiking. As a snack, it's quite satisfying. I wish it would have more protein though. Recommended as a treat for long days in the backcountry. Full review

Clif Cool Mint Chocolate Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have two Cool Mint bars for lunch when backpacking. I add peanut butter from a squeeze tube. Not what I would eat at home for lunch but, when backpacking, they keep me going until dinner. I haven't had any digestive problems from them. And I agree that the Cool Mint Chocolate is the best flavor. Bought several last year for a trip which I couldn't go on because of family issues. Am storing them in the freezer. Has anyone had experience with freezing them? Full review

Clif Cool Mint Chocolate Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars Clif's Cool Mint Chocolate is the most flavorful Clif Bar I have encountered and has become the box I am most likely to grab off the store shelf. Filling and easy to pack, the pros slightly outweigh the cons. I don't particularly like Clif Bars. However, Clif does provide enough value to me that I buy them for caving and backpacking. There are tastier and healthier alternatives, but Clif Bars are readily available and superior for activities like caving.  What I Like about the Cool Mint Chocolate… Full review

Clif Hot Chocolate Bar

rated 1 of 5 stars Appealing packaging and presentation cannot make up for a flavorless sawdust. Hands down the worst Clif Bar I have tried. With the holidays fast approaching Clif Bar, will soon be rolling out its seasonal flavors. So I thought this would be a good time to warn you away from trying the "Hot Chocolate" flavored bar. At my local REI, I grabbed an impulse item at the checkout. Who could blame me when the packaging looks so festive! The packaging was appropriate as I was hiking and camping near Jackson… Full review

Top-Rated Energy Food and Drink

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix Drink
$2 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets Drink
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
$3 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Gel Gel/Chew
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Energy Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Race Caps Supreme Gel/Chew
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix Drink
$4 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif Shot Gel/Chew
$1
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar Bar
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle Bar
$1
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar Bar
$1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Superfood Slam Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Whole Milk Drink
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Whey Protein Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Clif Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2 - $28
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Tanka Bar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GU Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$2 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tube Drink
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GoMacro Macrobar Bar
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Organic Energy Food Gel/Chew
$4
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Bar
$1 - $14
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$3 - $45
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Drink
$22 - $24
Skratch Labs Sport Hydration Drink Mix Drink
$2 - $19
Clif Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Bar
$3
ProBar Meal Bar Bar
$3 - $31
ProBar Coffee Crunch Base Bar Bar
$3
ProBar Chocolate Bliss Base Bar Bar
$2
GU Electrolyte Brew Drink Drink
$15 - $27
ProBar Peanut Butter Chocolate Bite Bar Bar
$2
GU Hydration Drink Tabs Drink
$7
Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar Bar
$3
Nuun All Day Hydration Tablets Drink
$8
AlpineAire Foods Super Greens Smoothie Drink
$5
ProBar Cookie Dough Base Bar Bar
$3
Kate's Grizzly Bar Bar
$3
ProBar Peanut Butter Chocolate Base Bar Bar
$3
First Endurance PreRace Drink
$32
Kate's Tram Bar Bar
$3
Clif Mojo Bar Bar
$2
Clif Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Bar
$4
Honey Stinger Protein Bar Bar
$2 - $26
Luna Protein Bar Bar
$13
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Drink
$20
AlpineAire Foods Berry Blast Smoothie Drink
$4
ProBar Mixed Berry Bite Bar Bar
$3
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